LUKE WEST: What's that I can hear rumbling up the road, Bourkey... sounds like the karma bus.
You couldn't wait to sink the boots in last week to Essendon and the Conor McKenna COVID-19 situation and now your Magpies and Steele Sidebottom have become front and centre for breaches of the AFL's protocols.
This week was already going to be hard enough for your Pies coming up against the Bombers on Friday night without getting sidetracked by this.
ADAM BOURKE: Fair play to you. Sidebottom's silly decisions on the weekend means he's going to miss multiple weeks of footy. Hurts him, hurts the club. Only blessing for the Pies is that they basically have a general bye this week and it won't matter that he's not out on the park.
LW: Could have sworn the ladder reads Collingwood: 2 wins; Essendon: 2 wins and we've played one less game than your mob.
Bitter pill to swallow losing to Carlton by one point last week - I thought that Jacob Townsend kick was sailing through off the boot - but no better way to rebound than by knocking over the Pies at the 'G on Friday night footy.
I must admit that even though he wears black and white stripes, the knee injury to Jeremy Howe was disappointing last week. The football isn't a great spectacle at the moment and it's a shame a player with the highlight reel of Howe is now sidelined.
AB: Terrible luck for one of the in-form players of the competition. In all seriousness, the Pies are vulnerable, but they should win, particularly considering your kiss of death struck AGAIN at the weekend. A few weeks ago you tipped Zach Merrett for the Brownlow. On the weekend he cops a one-game suspension. Great timing for Collingwood.
The highlight this weekend will be Bendigo boy Joel Selwood playing his 300th game for the Cats.
Superstar on the field and wonderful ambassador for his club and his family off the field.
It only seems like yesterday that Joel was running around for St Therese's in the under-12s of the BJFL.
LW: It's a fantastic achievement for Joel to reach the 300 milestone. He has been remarkably durable missing just 16 games over a career that is now into his 14th season.
The fact he is still going as strong as he is makes it easy to forget the knee problem he had that curtailed his final year at the Bendigo Pioneers in 2006 and saw him slip down to the Cats with pick seven. What a steal.
Factor that in with his bash-and-crash style and it's a mighty achievement.
You're an old timer who has been around a lot longer than me. Is Joel Bendigo's greatest football product, or is it still hard to go past Diesel Williams?
AB: Old timer? If you're just talking Bendigo, then it's Diesel number one ahead of Selwood and Geoff Southby on the second line. If you extend that to the BFL, then Castlemaine's Dusty Martin comes into calculations.
Can't wait for next week when we get to talk about the Pies belting the Dons.
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